A BBC reporter asked Sadiq Khan how it felt coming 'home' to Pakistan and his response was brilliant
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The Mayor of London took a historic trip across the India-Pakistan border this week. During his trip, he was asked by a BBC London reporter: "Does it feel like coming home?"Sadiq Khan responded immediately, "Home's South London, mate" Khan's parents were born in India, and lived in Pakistan before emigrating to the UK. "But it's good to be in Pakistan," he continued with a smile. "It's good to come from India, home of my parents and grandparents." The BBC reporter asking the question was Karl Mercer, who was met with a lot of criticism across Twitter this afternoon.
At a *minimum* that reporter should be given an extraordinary reprimand. Ideally, they'd be tossed into the sea.— am i a ? no, but i do have a mighty roar (@corderophi678) December 7, 2017
Who asked Sadiq Khan, currently in Pakistan, “how does it feel coming home?” Utterly pathetic. cc @meghamohan— Julia Merryfarlane (@juliamacfarlane) December 7, 2017
Who was the lemon who asked that stupid question in the first place?— Michael Hynes (@mickeyhynes) December 7, 2017
"How does it feel to come home?"— Ali Catterall (@AliCatterall) 7 December 2017
"Nah, home's Sarf London, mate."
LOVE SADIQ KHAN. https://t.co/NCq7dU6qwx
I sincerely doubt anyone would ask Iain Duncan Smith "how it feels to be home" on a work visit to Japan. Sadiq Khan was born and raised in South London. To even ask the Mayor of London that question is utterly shocking in its audacity.— Oz Katerji (@OzKaterji) 7 December 2017
The mayor of London was praised for the way he handled the reporter's question.
Isn’t the context important? People of colour get told to “go home” ie leave Britain by racists, no one says that to a white Scot/Welsh— Fatima Manji (@fatimamanji) 7 December 2017